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Oxford is about 60 miles (90 kms) northwest of London and is well served by road and rail networks that give fast and direct access locally, nationally and from Europe.

By Road

Oxford is connected to London, the M25 and the Midlands by the M40 motorway. Junctions 8 and 9 link directly to the city. The Oxford ring road provides direct access to the south and west coast ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bristol via the A34.

Birmingham-Oxford: M40-A34
Bristol-Oxford: M32-M4-A34
Cardiff-Oxford: M4-A420
Edinburgh-Oxford: A74(M)-A74-M6-M42-M40-A34
Glasgow-Oxford: M74-A74(M)-M6-M42-M40-A34
London-Oxford: A40-M40-A40
Manchester-Oxford: M56-M6-M42-M40-A34
Newcastle-Oxford: A1-A1(M)-M1-A43-M40-A34
Nottingham-Oxford: M1-A43-M40-A34

Visit the Transport Direct website to plan your journey to Oxford online.

By Rail

A direct service operates between Oxford and London Paddington (approximately every 30 minutes), and between Oxford and Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry. Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the South via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading. For information contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: +44 (0)8457 484950).

By Air

Oxford is easy to reach from the following major airports:

Gatwick Airport
Heathrow Airport
London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are linked to Oxford by The Airline coach service, which operates a direct frequent service twenty-four hours a day (tel: +44 (0)1865 785400).

Stansted Airport
Luton Airport
London Stansted airport is linked to Oxford by the National Express 757 coach service, running every two hours (tel: +44 (0)8705 747777). You should also visit this website for services to Luton Airport.

All of these services terminate at the Oxford Bus Station at Gloucester Green.

Birmingham International Airport
There is a direct train from Birmingham International to Oxford. Visit the National Rail Enquiries website for timetables and fares.

A list of taxi companies, many of which offer a bespoke airport pick-up service, can be found on the Tourist Information Centre website.

Parking in Oxford

There are access restrictions for cars within the city centre, particularly for traffic coming into the centre from the east, along the High Street.

For quick and easy access to the city centre you are advise to use one of Oxford's 5 Park and Ride sites.

Getting around Oxford

If you are travelling within the boundaries of Oxford city, the two main bus companies are the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach. Visit their websites for a detailed list of their bus services and up-to-date timetables.

Visit the Timetables and Maps page of the Oxfordshire County Council website to see a full list of bus services in Oxfordshire and where to catch them in Oxford.


Visit the Maps page of the Visit Oxfordshire website for detailed maps of Oxford.
Map of Oxford City Centre (308kB PDF)


Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa to enter Britain. If you are from any other country, find out about visa requirements before you travel by visiting

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:
    31 May 2014
  • Post-deadline submissions:
    1 August 2014
  • Early registration deadline:
    1 August 2014
  • Registration deadline:
    5 September 2014

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